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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does O'Neill encourage the readers to do in order to substantiate his account of the Dick Cavett Show?
2. Why does O'Neill think that Americans are uninformed?
3. Out of the few months Kerry spent in Vietnam, how many of them were for training purposes?
4. According to several Swift Boat officers, how did Kerry respond when the Swiftees were ordered into combat?
5. What was unusual about Kerry's purple heart request that contradicted the normal procedure for how they are awarded?
Short Essay Questions
1. How was Kerry awarded the third Purple Heart, and why was it significant?
2. What is an example of the report that Kerry lacked the nerves for combat and often would overreact to situations?
3. How did Kerry initially try to avoid serving in the war?
4. How did O'Neill finally have the chance to debate Kerry in 1971?
5. How did the assignment of the Swift Boats change, what was Kerry's response, and why did the other officers consider him to be a problem?
6. What was the conversation between Kerry and the Captain of an LST en route to An Thoi, and why do the authors dispute it?
7. What were the events surrounding the first Purple Heart medal that Kerry received, and why do the authors question its validity?
8. What was the content of Kerry's testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, and why did it anger O'Neill so much?
9. What were Kerry's reasons for choosing the Swift Boats to serve on?
10. What does Captain Plumly report about Kerry's service, and how does that correspond to the reports of his trips to Saigon?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How was Kerry thought of by the other officers he served with in general? Describe specific situations and examples that illustrate and support their opinions of Kerry. What is so important about the way quotes are used throughout the book and who they are from? How does that help the authors show the reason for their objective?
Essay Topic 2
What was the exchange between Kerry and Ted Peck, and why did the authors think it was necessary to include it at the end of Part 1? How does Peck represent the general sentiment expressed by the soldiers at the time? How does Kerry represent the anti-war protesters? Why is the distinction between the two relevant to the main message in the book?
Essay Topic 3
What events caused Kerry to be awarded the Silver Star? What was the purpose for Kerry's assignment? How did he and his fellow officers carry out their orders? What was the end result and why did the officers think it was comical? How did Kerry use the situation to get the medal? In what ways does the Silver Star award continue the pattern of behavior that Kerry followed during his tour?
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